Scheme will cut price of heating oil

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A CHARITY has launched a new group buying company to bring cheaper heating oil to homes, businesses and communities.

Suffolk Acre Community Buying Ltd aims to harness the purchasing power of the county’s rural villages which are without mains gas to make price savings through oil companies delivering to several addresses in one community on the same day.

The scheme will see residents collecting monthly orders for their area and passing the information to the charity, which will negotiate one price for the county.

Wil Gibson, chief executive officer of Suffolk Acre, said: “Not only will the new scheme be good for individuals, communities and rural businesses, the environment will also benefit with more efficient tanker routes.

“The fewer tankers there are on Suffolk’s small country roads, the better.

“Experience in other counties has already shown that it’s possible to get a discount of around £50 on a single order using a group buying syndicate.

“Providing opportunities to buy small quantities of oil monthly at a good price should help those facing the biggest disadvantages to keep warm.”

Membership of the scheme is open to anyone and members will be able to purchase as many times as they like during the year in return for an annual fee.

For further information, visit www.communitybuying.org.uk or call (01473) 345300.